100 % Alpaca wool sweater
100 % Baby Alpaca wool
One knit to rule them all. The lightweight Crew Neck knit is perhaps the most versatile garment in the wardrobe of a quality-conscious man. Smarter than a sweatshirt, more casual than a cardigan. You will find yourself sporting it whether it is an office day, a biking trip on mountains or a relaxing evening at home.
This lightweight knit has just the perfect balance between warmth and breathability. Thanks to temperature regulating properties of the magnificent alpaca wool, it is light enough for you to enjoy life indoors, but gives the needed warmth outside, too. Made of the highest-quality natural material, this sweater will stay good-looking for years to come. Alpaca wool is naturally stain and odour resistant, with excellent moisture wicking qualities ‒ not only does it keep you warm and fresh, the ease of care for this garment is unmatched.
All this might sound like an over-exaggerated marketing speech, but we guys at Alpa have been living in these for the last four years, so you can take our word for all this praise.
Alpaca, the gold of the Andes
The material of this product – 100% Baby Alpaca – has a dream fibre quality. Despite its name, the wool does not come from baby alpacas, crias. This particularly fine alpaca fibre has got its name from its exceptionally soft feel against the skin.
Baby Alpaca being a very soft wool makes it also a little more delicate as a material. To compensate for this, we use it in tightly knitted garments and in woven scarves to ensure the longevity of our knitwear.
Alpaca wool is one of the most extraordinary and rare natural fibres in the world. It’s not well-known by many, but once you get to know it, you’re hooked! Its exceptional breathability, excellent resistance to pilling, and beautiful, fluffy glow are something you just won’t find in other materials.
Unmatched warmth and breathability
Are you always cold, or alternatively, are you unable to wear knits because they are too hot? Alpaca is the perfect solution for both those problems: alpacas have adapted to different temperatures, as it is hot during the day and chilly at night in the Andean mountains where they graze. Over the millennia, alpaca wool has developed special properties in terms of both warmth and breathability.
Alpaca vs. Merino
We often get questions about the properties of alpaca wool compared to other materials. In comparison to merino wool, alpaca wool stands out especially for its superior moisture transfer qualities. Alpaca fibre is untreated and has a natural ability to absorb and transfer moisture effectively.
Commercial merino wool is treated to make it machine washable, in a so-called superwash treatment: the surface of the wool is coated with resin. The treated fibre loses much of its absorption capacity. The surge in the popularity of merino wool has made it increasingly challenging for a customer to discern between different levels of merino wool quality as there is now a vast array of merino qualities available in the market.
Alpaca wool – it only gets better with use
Most of our knits are densely knitted – we don’t cut corners on material use – so they need some time to soften up. This is necessary in order to make garments that last longer, and as you know, longevity is one of our core values. You can speed up the softening by brushing or steaming the knit, or ease it in by wearing a shirt underneath at first. Over time, the inside of the knit gets a soft, fluffy layer, typical for alpaca wool, making it feel really smooth and lightweight on you.
The secret to the smoothness of alpaca wool is in its fibre: it has fewer and tinier scales on its surface than other wools. Thanks to those smooth and long fibres, alpaca wool doesn’t pill easily, which our customers really appreciate.
Finding the right size
You can either use our smart Fitle size advisor or compare the measurements of the chart (below) to your previous garments.
How accurate are the measurements? Will they change over time or after washing?
Some variation may occur in the sizing of a garment made of natural fibres. However, the knitwear has good elasticity and it adapts to your body’s shape during the first days of wear. The product will keep its measurements well.
When in doubt with choosing the right size, please contact us. Our customer service will be happy to help you!
Taking care of your Alpa® alpaca garment is super easy! You don’t have to wash it a lot. In fact, most times, just letting it air outside is enough to make it fresh again. If you wear another shirt under your knitwear, there will be even less need for washing.
If the garment gets stained or musty and is indeed in need of a wash, we recommend washing it by hand in cold water, using a gentle soap and squeezing it softly (avoid rubbing). After rinsing, roll it in a towel to get rid of extra water, reshape it and let it dry on a flat surface to avoid any unwanted stretching.
The whole washing from start to finish takes about 10 minutes – so it’s really easy to take care of your alpaca garment. Washing it once or twice a year should be enough in normal use.
This Alpa® knitwear piece is responsibly manufactured in Lithuania at the production facilities of our long-term partners. Our partners have decades of experience in manufacturing high-quality knitwear products, and together we have uncovered the secrets of knitting with the rare alpaca wool.
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I am 177cm ja 88kg. Was thinking between M and L size. Size advisor suggested size L and I am lucky that I trusted it. The cardigan was just the right fit. I have worn it 10-15 times and it is starting to feel better and better. Looks neat and of high-quality. Some of the fibres have emerged from cuff openings but apparently they are easy to fix with steam and iron.
Fine product. Neck opening could be tighter. Otherwise it is spot on.
He likes it a lot. Uses it everywhere and keeps telling everybody that it is always perfectly warm, not too hot.
Perfectly comfortable. Compared to size S light grey this indigo is slimmer. Warmly recommended!
Really good knit. Going to buy another in different colour.